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What are the types of motions in Physics?

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The three main types of motions in physics are rotational, translational and vibrational. The vibrational type is also called oscillatory motion.

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Vibrational motion occurs because of the vibration or oscillation of an object. For example, a spring tied to an object at one end and tied to a ceiling at the other end oscillates when it is compressed and released.

Translation motion refers to the movement of an object from one place to another. For example, a car moving on a road uses translation motion.

Rotational motion refers to an object's rotation, such as a table fan's rotating blades. At times, an object can experience one or more of the types of motions. For example, a ball sliding down an incline has both translational and rotational motions.

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